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Team needs: Washington Redskins

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With the draft three weeks away, it’s time to look closer at team needs for every NFL club.

We’ve already looked at the Cardinals, Rams49ersGiants, Eagles, and Cowboys.  The Redskins will round out the NFC East.

QB: Donovan McNabb is as good as gone.  Rex Grossman is a free agent, but will probably come back.  If the Shanahans are in it for the long haul in Washington, they almost have to go with a quarterback in the first two picks.  If not, they’ll overpay for one after the CBA is reached.

CB: Focusing on needs for the Redskins is almost beside the point.  Other than tight end and safety, this team needs everything.  Washington was 29th in net yards-per-attempt allowed, and two of their two guys (Carlos Rogers, Philip Buchanon) are free agents.  Beyond DeAngelo Hall, there just isn’t enough NFL-caliber cornerback talent here to survive.

DL: Every defensive lineman on the team is aging, “just a guy” or both.  A nose tackle would be a fantastic addition, but there’s no need to get choosy if a good 3-4 defensive end presents value early in the draft.

WR: Since running backs are easier to find late in the draft or free agency, we’ll list wideout as a more pressing need.  The team’s top receivers on the roster right now: Malcolm Kelly, Anthony Armstrong, and Roydell Williams.  Yikes.

Overview: The Redskins have only two picks in the first four rounds.  This is nothing new: They have only averaged 2.25 picks in the first four rounds since 2003. It’s no wonder they are averaging one starter per draft over the last four years.

This is a vicious cycle that has left the team with ton of needs and few good young players.  We didn’t even list outside linebacker or offensive line above, which are both big issues.  Few squads are more desperate to enjoy a great draft day.

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34 Responses to “Team needs: Washington Redskins”
  1. duanethomas says: Apr 8, 2011 5:34 PM

    Biggest need for Redskins: Competent Owner.

  2. calzone21411 says: Apr 8, 2011 5:44 PM

    redskins stink

  3. bwisnasky says: Apr 8, 2011 5:44 PM

    Looks like you started with the NFC Worst.. but skipped over the Seahags…. so I’m guessing that Seattle doesn’t need anything?

  4. humptyfratz says: Apr 8, 2011 5:46 PM

    I used to think that the Oakland Raiders had the worst owner…

    But Al Davis has (in years past) demonstrated great footbal acumen, and respects the game itself…

    Then I thought the Dallas Cowboys had the worst owner…

    But Jerry Jones, even though he has not demonstrated great football acumen, does indeed respect the game…

    Then the Washington Redskins come into the conversation…

    Dan Snyder wins…

    He has limited (or no) football acumen, and his handling of a once-proud franchise demonstrates his lack of respect for the game…

    The fans of Washington deserve better.

  5. bucks12965 says: Apr 8, 2011 5:52 PM

    You forgot to list Head Coach as a need.

  6. egls7 says: Apr 8, 2011 5:55 PM

    You forgot about getting a new owner

  7. saberstud75 says: Apr 8, 2011 5:58 PM

    New owner

  8. p4ever says: Apr 8, 2011 5:59 PM

    Me think the Redskins need a whole new team…

  9. idontcardthem says: Apr 8, 2011 6:07 PM

    Headline should read:
    “Washington Redskins: Needs Team”

  10. jakek2 says: Apr 8, 2011 6:08 PM

    Biggest team need for Redskins – Replacement players.

  11. terrellblowens says: Apr 8, 2011 6:09 PM

    DeAngelo Fall- I mean Hall- is the most overrated CB in the NFL. The guy gambles and gets a few picks but plays absolutely miserable defense and gets burned so often. It’s a joke that he made it to the Pro Bowl last year, let alone won player of the game. However, I think the Redskins D has potential to be good, but the D is full of older guys. The only players I can see improving and making a significant contribution are Landry and Orakpo

  12. joeflaccosunibrow says: Apr 8, 2011 6:22 PM

    Obviously this article was written by someone who does not follow the team. Put Peyton Manning behind that offensive line, and he would look like Ryan Leaf.

    OL is the only thing they need to be looking at with the first couple of picks. PERIOD!

    When a 43 year old is starting on your OL, it’s time to draft.

  13. jakek2 says: Apr 8, 2011 6:28 PM

    humptyfratz – what does trading away draft picks have to do with disrespecting the game? If anything, Jerry Jones disrespects the game and Snyder is just not football-smart.

    Terrell Owens defacated, not once, but twice, on Dallas’ iconic star but Jones went ahead and signed him anyway. Don’t get me started on signing PacMan Jones. Those actions are disrespectful of the game….not trading away draft picks for borderline HOF QB’s who should not be forced out of town by egomaniacal head coaches.

  14. donterrelli says: Apr 8, 2011 6:39 PM

    terrellblowens says:
    Apr 8, 2011 6:09 PM
    DeAngelo Fall- I mean Hall- is the most overrated CB in the NFL. The guy gambles and gets a few picks but plays absolutely miserable defense and gets burned so often. It’s a joke that he made it to the Pro Bowl last year, let alone won player of the game. However, I think the Redskins D has potential to be good, but the D is full of older guys. The only players I can see improving and making a significant contribution are Landry and Orakpo

    ————————-

    I really want to agree with you, but Hall does come up with some great plays – just like Ed Reed does. Ed Reed just looks for the ball – he doesn’t tackle. Hall tries to tackle sometimes, gets burned others, and looks for the ball, like Reed all the other times. He and Orakpo are the best defensive players. LaRon Landry is a tool who celebrates after a tackle even when they’re getting blown out.

  15. geniusesq says: Apr 8, 2011 6:57 PM

    This post could have been 476 words shorter.

    Everything.

    That would have sufficed. And, as a Skins fan, I have free reign to say this.

  16. azskinsfan says: Apr 8, 2011 7:28 PM

    Did I miss something? Since when did the Cardinals, Rams, and 49er get switched to the NFC East?

  17. geniusesq says: Apr 8, 2011 7:47 PM

    And to whoever the two people are who didn’t like my previous comment, tell me. What do we have enough of??

    Tight End – maybe.

    Everything else we either need a starter or quality depth.

  18. lbijake says: Apr 8, 2011 7:59 PM

    Redskins are perfect. Do not change. keep the Shanny’s and Big (5’6″) Dan. Thank you, A grateful eagle fan.

  19. schlereth says: Apr 8, 2011 8:28 PM

    Rosenthal, when you listed top receivers did you forget Santana Moss? Douche.

  20. RussianBreadMaker says: Apr 8, 2011 9:55 PM

    @Schlereth

    Santana is a free agent. Douche

  21. boysroll says: Apr 8, 2011 10:17 PM

    seriously? this team is the doormat of the nfc east where players come to make big dollars and produce absolutely nothing and retire.

    last place finishes for what 20 yrs…

    COME ON MAN!!!!LMFAO

    HAIL SUCKAS!!!!

  22. mastafade says: Apr 8, 2011 10:24 PM

    You forgot to mention owner and coach as needs.

  23. thefiesty1 says: Apr 8, 2011 10:48 PM

    They need Sergio Kindle to stop falling down stairs and get him on the field with Orakpo. Also they need to stop paying out of shape players and move on.

  24. parasonic says: Apr 8, 2011 11:12 PM

    @boysroll

    the cowboys are drafting before the skins. yes it is only one before, but that pretty much crushes your statement. stop trying to just get a rise. and stop with the instant message type and acronyms. what are you, 6?

  25. MichaelEdits says: Apr 9, 2011 1:59 AM

    Yep, new owner. We all know it. Can anybody here loan me a billion dollars?

  26. hihater1hail says: Apr 9, 2011 4:22 AM

    @donterrelli: Wtf is wrong with you? How could you ever compare Donte Hall to Ed Reed? It’s like comparing Jay Cutler to Peyton Manning or something like that. Hall is over rated and over paid. The only good thing Hall has done is sign the contract the dumba$$ owner gave him (or maybe it was the yes man that used to be employed by the Redskins who gave Hall the contract). Bottom line Hall gets lucky. And if you bring up the fact that he tied the NFL record for int’s in a game; remember who was throwing the freakin ball dude. JAY CUTLER.

  27. calzone21411 says: Apr 9, 2011 5:49 AM

    Deangelo Hall stinks

  28. boysrolll says: Apr 9, 2011 9:26 AM

    seriously! the cowfuks is the doormat of the nfc east where players play the hometown superbowl in the preseason then give up a team record in points, etc. and finish last in the regular season!
    last place finishes for the next what 20 yrs…

    COME ON ME, MEN!!!! I’M WAITING FOR ALL OF YOU AT MY DUMPSTER BEHIND THE 7-11 ON SUNSET HILLS ROAD! LMFAO

    I ALSO SUCKASS!!!! YOUR BOWELS WILL BE POLYP-FREE WHEN I’M DONE!

    I’M 7′-12 ” 437 1/2 LBS! LMFAO!

  29. dlr4skins says: Apr 9, 2011 12:32 PM

    Does anyone remember what Jerry Jones used to look like?

    As much as I hate Snyder, I rest well knowing he’s not in to tummy tucks and make-up!

    *******************************************
    boyshole,

    Does your mom share with Jerry?

    I shouldn’t be so insensitive. Its nice how Jerry gives her and the other illegal immigrants jobs and one single-wide trailer for them all to stay.

    Who doesn’t hate Texas and all things from?

  30. dugganmt says: Apr 9, 2011 5:52 PM

    Orakpo is not “just a guy”.

    This is your job. You should know this.

  31. slickzmoney says: Apr 16, 2011 5:49 PM

    QB – You can’t win a Super Bowl without a solid QB (unless you have a great D like Balt. or TB). Skins will be irrelevant until they find a functional QB. The only solid QB this team has had since Rypien was Trent Green and they dumped him.

  32. skinsdiehard says: Apr 17, 2011 2:09 PM

    many of the folks here wish they had an owner like Snyder. he’s willing to spend. he did not make the personnel blunders. Vinny Cerrato did. i don’t know why you idiot readers dont know this. Skins have talent. They finished with the same record as the Cowboys. Why do you act like they were 1-15? They were 6-10. They were in the playoffs in 2007 and started 6-2 in 2009. What is wrong with people’s memories?

    D-Hall was a pro-bowler. does not matter what you think. his peers voted him in. Orakpo and Fletcher were pro-bowlers. McNabb is a good QB. Trent Williams is a good LT. Landry is a good SS. Carlos Rogers is a good CB. the team is not devoid of talent.

  33. skinsdiehard says: Apr 17, 2011 2:56 PM

    slickzmoney says:
    Apr 16, 2011 5:49 PM
    QB – You can’t win a Super Bowl without a solid QB (unless you have a great D like Balt. or TB). Skins will be irrelevant until they find a functional QB. The only solid QB this team has had since Rypien was Trent Green and they dumped him.
    —————————————–
    Wrong again, slickzmoney. Brad Johnson quarterbacked the team to division championship in 1999. In 2000, they were preseason favorites for the Superbowl with Johnson at QB. Jason Campbell was an okay QB for 2008 and 2009 but an upgrade was desired. You were probably one of those folks upset that they wanted to replace Campbell but argues that he was not a good QB. It’s ludicrous. Folks got upset that the Skins were interested in trading up for Mark Sanchez or Sam Bradford while Campbell was on the roster even though they believe that Campbell is was not a franchise QB. It’s stupid like you have shown in your comment.

  34. slickzmoney says: Apr 29, 2011 3:23 PM

    @skinsdiehard Maybe you should re-read my post. I am talking about Super Bowls not division titles. I covered Johnson by mentioning T.B. as a team that won a SB with defense. Johnson was an average QB period. Really go look up the numbers. Also since this is simply my opinion it can’t be wrong. The other stuff you ramble about like Campbell just doen’t make sense. Not sure how you get any of that out of my comment. But instead of calling you stupid I will just suggest your loyalty to the Skins may be clouding your judgement(and reading comprehension).

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